VISION & MISSION
What we hope to be: Our vision is for us to experience the goodness of God as we are transformed in our relationship with Jesus into a community that can love and flourish.
1 John 3:1: "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"
2 Cor. 3:18: "We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory."
John 13:35: "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
John 10:10: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
What we hope to do: Our mission is to become a people who mature in Christ through becoming Jesus' disciples, living in spiritual community, and engaging our mission.
Colissians 1:28: "He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ."
Matthew 28:19: "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."
Acts 2:42: "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All believers were together and had everything in common."
Isaiah 1:17: "Learn to do what is right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow."
What makes Horizon distinct:
HONEST: Because it is so easy to fall into the trap of "play acting" when it comes to faith, authenticity has become a key value at Horizon. We are learning to be honest with each other as we grow in faith and love.
OPEN: At Horizon, we believe we are to love the Lord with all our minds. We need to be ready to think and engage with the culture. Thus we train ourselves to be good thinkers, committed to learning from the scriptures, and open to all of God's truth.
REAL PRESENCE: At Horizon, we believe that we can know God and walk with Him in our lives as a present reality. Thus we seek to experience Him, hear His voice and sense His direction, moment by moment and day by day.
INTENTIONAL: At Horizon, we take seriously our pursuit of leaning from Jesus how to live our lives. His words are not just spiritual platitudes, but wisdom for life. We are learning to intentionally structure our lives in order to do the things He taught us to do.
ZEST: Scriptures make clear that it is God's desire to bring together a diverse people in the church and teach them to love each other. At Horizon, we seek to center our life on Christ, and appreciate the zest and fullness that comes with a diverse community. At Horizon, we celebrate our kids and youth, enfolding them into everything we do as a church.
ON MISSION: When God calls together a church, he does so for the sake of His mission to redeem and love the world. At Horizon, we seek to find all the places wehre God is working around us, and join him in His mission, both corporately and individually.
NEIGHBORHOOD: At Horizon, we believe it is vitally important to be rooted in our local community. Thus we seek to be a blessing to the people in the neighborhoods we live and worship in.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our story begins in 1998, when a group of six adults and one infant moved to Roseville to embark on a grand adventure. We wanted to plant a new church. We didn’t know anyone, and we certainly didn’t know what we were doing, but we felt called, we trusted God, and we dedicated ourselves to this new work. Within a year, God had brought together about 30 people, most of whom were trusting Jesus for the first time. In a setting that was more coffeehouse than church, this small group of people began to read the scriptures, pray, and worship together. From this time on, a new community of faith was born.
In its first decade, this small church grew and blossomed as more people felt called to become part of our new church community. In time, we began to discern the specific things God was calling us to do. We launched small groups and birthed lots of new ministries. God also began blessing us with lots of kids, so we developed a thriving children’s and youth program. We embraced local, regional, and global missional projects, including helping launch a regional effort to provide emergency housing to the homeless, starting a nonprofit to advocate for foster youth, and partnering with a group in Rwanda to help work for reconciliation. It wasn’t all good times. We also experienced our share of suffering and heartache, and learned how to journey through the pain, finding God was always faithful through it all.
Now, in the middle of our second decade, we believe a new chapter is being written. In early 2015, God opened the door for us to move into a permanent facility. We purchased the historic 1st Baptist Church of Roseville, which had not been used as a church in some years. Since it was built over 100 years ago, it has a traditional feel that we love, including stained glass, a baptismal, and even a bell tower. Though the structure is great, what we love even more is that it sits in the middle of a neighborhood, which gives us a chance to bless neighbors, schools, and businesses. We have already formed a partnership with the local elementary school and are looking for new ministries to begin as we identify the needs around us.
But we have not abandoned the things we have always felt called to. Prayer, worship, and the Word are the foundation that allows the Spirit to re-form our inner lives. As new people join us in this adventure, we expect each person to put their fingerprints on our church community and mission.
Church is never to be a static thing, but always growing and changing, even as its remains committed to retaining its unique essence. As you continue in what God calls you to, know that you’ll find a home with us at Horizon.
SENIOR PASTOR - BRAD SWOPE
Brad Swope is the founding Pastor of Horizon Community Church in Roseville, California, a church that was planted in 1999. He is also an adjunct professor at William Jessup University, teaching courses in Philosophy and Ethics. He is the former president of The Common Good, a non-profit that served emancipating foster youth.
Brad received his BA from Wheaton College, his MA from Talbot Theological Seminary and currently, he is a Doctor of Ministry Candidate at Talbot Theological Seminary under Dr. J.P. Moreland. Brad is married to Catherine and they have four children. Read Brad's blog.
Contact Brad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORSHIP LEADER - LANCE PAGEL
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR - LARA KHAN
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved kids. I atarted babysitting at a young age, and then found myself working with kids in various settings. I graduated from SJSU in 2002 with a B.A. in Child Development and have worked with children from pre-school through middle school. I found it to be fun and challenging at the same time, but yet so fulfilling.
My husband and I, with our 2yr old daughter at that time, found Horizon in 2009, and it has been a blessing to be part of this church family. We then shortly after became a family of 4.
I started working as the children's ministry director in 2013, and could not have imagined a better place to use the gifts God has given me. I enjoy finding new ways to strenghten their relationship with Christ and building a strong foundation for them to grow on. I love the connections I have made with the kids and their families, and am blessed to be able to serve them.
Contact Lara at email@example.com.
YOUTH DIRECTOR - KYLE BRANDERHORST
Kyle Branderhorst has been a part of running youth ministries for 2 years with middle school and high school students. He is double majoring in both Bible & Theology and Psychology, and is finishing up his senior year. He has a passion for the hearts and eternities of the Youth.
Contact Kyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUNG ADULTS DIRECTOR - SEAN ANDERSON
Sean Anderson has been a Northern California resident his entire life, living in the Rocklin/Roseville area. A graduate of William Jessup University in Public Policy, Sean is passionate about justice, international development, and innovation. Seeking further education and new opportunities in politics and development, he is excited to lead the Young Adults ministry here at Horizon.
Contact Sean at email@example.com.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS - CONNIE BENSON
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT - ANNETTE SEEBER
Annette has a background in event management and marketing. She has been blessed to work in ministry full-time for the last 15 years. Annette currently divides her working hours between Horizon Church and Youth For Christ. Annette is married, has three sons, and boasts having the world's cutest, smartest grandson.
WORSHIP ASSISTANT - GENTRY PEARSON
CARE TEAM - JASON & LEANN GYORI
PRAYER TEAM - MARILYN HARTWELL
OPERATIONS & SUPPORT
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE - DARRIN PAGEL
BUILDING SUPERVISOR - AARON MORGAN
IT - BRAD NELSON
GRAPHIC DESIGN - ELISE WINTER
AUDIO - IRINA LEVTSENYUK
BUILDING TEAM - PAUL CROMWELL, BRAD NELSON, TRACEY, DEAN CRUMP, TONY GAVIA
PRESIDENT - BRAD SWOPE
VICE PRESIDENT - REX GURNEY
TREASURER - GREG WINTER
SECRETARY - SUSAN PAGEL
BOARD MEMBER - JASON GYORI
BOARD MEMBER - PAUL CROMWELL